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My Maternity Shoot

For the past year I’ve been wanting to create a blog to showcase some of the weddings we shoot during the year. I also wanted to share a bit of our personal lives so that our clients, family, and friends can see what we’ve been up to. Well, after several of months I’m finally launching our blog as I sit here with mini contractions! Our baby boy is due any day now and I decide to launch a blog! Yes, I know, I’m Crazy.

To kick off our first post and probably our longest post, I want to celebrate Baby R coming any day, and talk about the concept of my maternity shoot shot by my amazing husband. 🙂

When I was about six months pregnant I started coming up with the concept for my maternity shoot, and started researching amazing maternity photographers. After narrowing it down to a few ladies in the area, I told Alan my plans to hire a photographer and he instantly shot me the “really” look. Alan asked, “Why are you going to hire someone when I can take them for you?” It never crossed my mind to ask my own husband to take my maternity photos. I mean we are photographers/videographers, but he’s more into video than photo so I didn’t really think about it. Part of my reluctancy is because he always tells me I’m beautiful no matter what even when I haven’t showered and am still wearing make-up from the previous day. I wanted my photographer to be down right honest and to tell me if I had a double chin or if my smile was weird and I knew he wouldn’t do that.

Needless to say I agreed on him taking the photos. A week before my photoshoot I searched the internet for the perfect dress. I wanted the photoshoot to have a home-y cozy feel. So I knew I wanted a sweater dress. I found the perfect dress on Lulus.com, I actually purchased an extra large in the women’s sizes because I couldn’t find anything on the maternity websites. I was a little nervous, but when the dress arrived it fit the baby bump perfectly! The night before the photoshoot I had this idea of getting mommy and daddy coffee mugs made. I contacted one of my past clients Areli and she was able to make the mugs on such short notice, she literally saved the day!  I originally wanted to have Alan apart of the photoshoot (set-up a tripod and take the photos ourselves) but then decided that I wanted this to be all about me, I know a little selfish, oh well.

The day of the shoot I did my makeup, curled my hair, and we started the session. I told Alan exactly how I wanted the photos to come out and even showed him some examples from Pinterest. As soon as he snapped a photo I had to see what it looked like, which I really liked because I was able to adjust my pose or face on the spot. We shot most of the photos in the nursery (stay tuned for the full nursery reveal coming soon) and a few shots in our bedroom. Once I edited the photos, I had to admit, Alan did a pretty darn good job. He was so proud of himself and now even clients are asking for him to take their maternity photos. I think it’ll be the cutest thing ever when our baby is all grown up and he’ll be able to tell our son that he took mom’s maternity photos himself!

Dress

Mug

Bunny Rabbit

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